School of Engineering

Department of Civil Engineering

M.S. in Civil & Environmental Engineering

The Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering (M.S.-CEE) is a comprehensive program with emphases on:

  1. Infrastructure and Construction Management
    This is designed to prepare the graduates to meet the challenges of planning, financing, designing, building and managing public and private infrastructure under growing technical, financial, social and environmental constraints.
  2. Environmental Science, Engineering and Management
    This is designed to prepare graduates to meet the challenges of sustainable development and natural resources management while protecting the environment.
  3. Engineering Mechanics
    This is designed to prepare graduates to meet the challenges of designing technically efficient, cost-effective, and state-of-the-art facilities that are responsive to natural hazards and economic constraints.

Graduate students receive a sound professional and academic training in civil engineering, with access to a variety of advanced courses and the opportunity to conduct research, thereby combining the theoretical and applied aspects of civil engineering.

The program is designed to stimulate independent thinking, acquisition of knowledge, and application of the acquired knowledge and skills to the solution of practical engineering problems. It provides an in-depth experience in one or more particular fields of civil engineering while exposing the student to cross-disciplinary issues, and topics that affect the engineering and management of systems.

The M.S. degree may be completed with or without a thesis. The program is flexible so as to suit students’ long-term career goals and prior experience. This flexibility allows us to accommodate those who have just received the undergraduate degree as well as experienced engineers who are returning for additional training.

Students must complete 30 credits for graduation. Students can choose between a six-credit thesis or a non-thesis option. Under the former, the remaining credits can be completed according to the course requirements for each emphasis area as specified in the course listing.

Students should take at least the equivalent of 18 credits in engineering courses. Students with a B.E. degree may transfer up to six credits from their B.E. program provided that the transferred credits correspond to graduate courses and the students have obtained at least a B in each of those courses. Transfer of credits is governed by the Academic Rules and Procedures for Graduate Programs.

Applicants for admission to the M.S. program must have a Bachelor of Science in Engineering or a Bachelor of Engineering degree from a recognized university with a minimum grade point average (GPA) equivalent to 2.75 (on a 4-point scale) in general courses or 2.75 in the major. If the bachelor’s degree is not in the field to be pursued or the GPA is below 2.75, the applicant may be admitted as “Special” as described in sections 1.2.4 and 1.2.5 of the Academic Rules and Procedures for Graduate Programs.
The GRE general exam is required of all applicants (GRE subject exams are not required). All applicants must submit scores for the GRE general exam ( quantitative reasoning and analytical writing scores). Applicants for admissions to this program must have minimum GRE Quantitative Reasoning and Analytical Writing  scores of 75% below or more.  GRE test scores that are more than 5 years old will not be accepted.
The admissions committee considers several factors when making admission decisions: your academic performance at prior institutions (grades, rankings, and GPAs) and your GRE test score. The rate of graduate assistantship (GA), when requested, is directly related to your GPA and GRE scores. Letters of recommendation are optional; however, three letters are recommended, two of which to be completed by faculty who are familiar with your academic performance.

More information about admission to graduate programs at LAU.

Mission statement

The mission of the graduate program in Civil and Environmental Engineering is to provide students with a well-rounded set of career skills that empowers them to address a wide range of problems through exposure to an advanced body of knowledge and scholarly endeavours.

Program Educational Objectives

The purpose of the M.S. in civil and environmental engineering is to:

  1. Train students to develop methodology and necessary skills to explore emerging issues in engineering and science.
  2. Provide students with the advanced background and focused body of knowledge required for present day professional practice in their chosen field of study and prepare them to adapt to a changing profession.
  3. Train students in an active research environment, equip them with the latest tools of research and prepare them for further study towards the doctoral degree.

Student Learning outcomes

Graduates of the program will be able to:

  1. Reinforce the skills acquired in the undergraduate program.
  2. Use advanced analytical, computational, and/or experimental aspects of civil engineering.
  3. Make critical judgments based on a sound knowledge base.
  4. Conduct research and appreciate its importance in the evolution of civil engineering.

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